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Need For Trust

April 16, 2013

What does trust represent? I see it as the springboard of hope. Without trust, hope is a difficult thing to achieve. Am I using the word trust in appropriately, should I be using the word faith instead? Perhaps, but faith and trust are extremely close in their practical definitions. “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight. “ (Proverbs 3:5)

This passage illustrates the value of trusting God in all things. Trust is the key to our success, to living a life that is in line with God’s purpose. It is our map to following the straight path, one that meets with God’s approval.

If we do not trust in this situation, showing that faithful reliance on Him are we able to proceed down life’s path? Yes, of course we are. How difficult will the journey be? Only God will know for sure.

How do we come to trust God? First, we must believe that He exists. We must have faith that what He tells us is the truth; that He will keep His promises to us. If we have confidence that He will, then we do indeed have faith. With that faith, we will trust Him.

Now how can we apply God’s example that to those that we live among. , those that have betrayed us and have given us promises that they have failed to keep. We have taken the first step and forgiven them. We have followed the teachings of Jesus, attempted to live His example. The perplexing problem then comes about when we reverse our examination of trust within our relationship with God and then ask a significant question. Does God trust us?

A more important question might actually be this one. Does God need to trust us? This one goes to the heart of the issue. Apparently, we are not trust worthy. I am saved, yet I continue to sin. I am convicted by it daily. I do not think that I am unique, but pray that I am. However, when I do this I see God thinking and feeling as a human and that is not possible. For if God thought the way I did he would lose heart (after it had been broken so many times). God knows what we are and how we behave. He lived among us and felt first hand how petty and self-centered we all are. The amazing thing is that His love for us elevates us to a truly undeserved plane. It illustrates to us what love can and will do for all that allow it to become part of them. After all, “…God is love” (1 John 4:8)

God does not need to trust us, because he knows us. He knows when we are going to fail. He knows when we are not. He knows every atom of our being. He is infinitely better prepared. All God must do is be God.

Among humans, the need to trust is great. The need to be trusted is even greater. It is the foundation of hope. Imagine yourself without hope, the emptiness you feel and the desperation that engulfs you. What would most of us do if we had no hope? I am going to refrain from answering that question immediately. Removing hope limits one’s choices though not necessarily the actions that are as result of the choices made. The end of this spiral I have witnessed. It ends in limited number of ways; the only thing that they have in common is that they are all bad.

There are two tracks that we can pursue at this time. The first is that ending badly is the appropriate solution. The other is that God’s love and example are the only means to avert an unhappy ending.

Until tomorrow…

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